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Sunday, July 20, 2008

5 steps to improve your drawing skill fast

5 steps to improve your drawing skill fast.  Drawing tutorial and Tips.

1) Draw! You have to spend at least 2 hours a day drawing everyday.  You can either draw from things you see or things you think of, . *Remember, when you are a professional, you will be drawing at least about +8 hours a day.*  You have to practice a lot to become art ninja.

2) Go to life drawing session at least ONCE a week, better yet twice if you can make it.  Just search internet for life drawing session near you.  The session usually last about 3-4 hours.

3) Practice drawing from cast and simple object around the house to study value and squinting to find basic value of the subject.  The trick is find objects that have different reflective quality such as teapot, ball, satin, flower then observe and sketch them.

4) Study from any old school master sketches (Mucha, Sargent, Zorn, or whoever is you favorite artists) and try to mimic the piece. You will intuitively learn and try to figure out how they did what they did. The more you do the better you will get.

5) Practice drawing using different medium and switching them around and know how you can work with them, get out of you comfort zone. Try different pencil, graphite, charcoal, pen, markers, brush pen, brush, etc. Anything you can find...use you imagination and let the tool be your best friend. 

**6) -extra- watch and read possibly all the videos and articles on idrawgirls.com  There you will get good fast.  ;-)

That's about it...for now. If you consistently do this for about three months, you be surprise. I suggest after about three months compare your first drawing when you just start doing the routine and you last drawing. You will then see what I am talking about, your skill has just been elevated!!! Congratz!

Don't give up to early, once you stop drawing...doesn't matter where you were, your skill will somehow drop. A drawing takes time and consistency to develop. Don't be discouraged by the result if it doesn't come out like what you are looking for, make new ones. It's the journey itself, not really the destination.  And any time you don't feel like drawing or you have artistic block go read this! 10 ways to overcome artist's block  It will surely help you get back on track!

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Basic how to draw video tutorial with pencil (traditional art style)
How to draw Superman
How to draw Ryu from Street Fighter. with body
How to draw Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
How to draw hair.
How to draw eyes.
How to draw nose.
How to draw lips.
How to draw human's head.
- How to draw man's body muscle torso.
How to draw realistic portrait front view.

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Thanks for all overwhelming support and e-mails guys!!!

** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section (under the blog menu on the right side). Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.



escaperoute2 said...

Thanks Xia, these are extremely useful, best tips I've read in months!

XIA said...

Thanks man! I will try to research, come up and post more stuff like tips and technique. Glad you enjoy this.

dahaca said...

Xia,if I can call you like that ,me a
n00b at drawing,I am very thankful to what you have done.Thanks for teaching me how to draw fimale and use my imagination!Its an honor to learn from you!

XIA said...

dahaca>> Glad I can be of service to mankind. ;) I hope you come back and draw much more. Thanks for your kind words and visit. ;)

Sven said...

Hello, I first found your website through one of your youtube videos. I am very glad I found this site, because I'm a discouraged artist trying to teach myself. I think your videos and tips are just the thing I need to elevate my art to the next level. Thanks again! :)

XIA said...

Sven>> Thank you! I hope we can help you do that. NEVER be discourage! Talented alone is overated, practice and discipline will make you the better artist and talent will come along with it.

Gaara Sandking said...

Yo Xia,
man found your website from the video links in face book, if u do get some free timecan u plz add me so that i can show u my art work and get it evaluated and some help perhaps... depends if u get some free time that is..


by the way i am also a noob when it comes to draw something

Sevn and some other guy who was bad at drawninng cant remember his name can u add me so i can share my drawings with u mates...


XIA said...

gaara> Thanks brother. Glad I can help, but we can help you more on the community. Share your drawing and art with us, I just send you an invite via e-mail.

Good luck!

b3ngi said...

I got a (for me) important question for you : i started digital painting (especially concept art, cause it's really cool) and i bought for the beginning a Wacom Bamboo ONE. This is a very small paint tablet with just a small surface and a pen. So i read a lot about other, better tablets. Now my question is : Is it really necessary to buy a expensive tablet like the intous3 or has it something to do with your hands (like moving the hand or looking for a good position). I know that i can learn ALOT with practicing, but im just wondering if its better when you have a bigger and better tablet.

thanks in advance

Akhenaton said...

Hello :), I like to say thanks to you because this blog is a really good help for me, I'm a young artist and I'm getting better thanks to you..
sry for my baddd english
I'm from argentina
thanks thanks thankssss

Anonymous said...

Hello ..im a beginner artist..i just wanna ask if u can categorized the tutorials that i need to know in how to draw female including their face, portrait, manga character, body eyes ..whole of them.I mean everything about female drawings include the videos tutorial too.If u dont mind? Owh.. i almost forgot, do u use graphic tablet to draw? I'm a beginner should i use dat too or practice first until i really got to draw professionally? and another thing..What is main characteristic in being an artist like you.Ive really appreciated if u could answer this in my email stay.young@yahoo.com.THX

gg. said...

Hello Xia,

I found one of your video on Youtube yesterday while looking for prop designing and concept art, and got onto your blog from there. Your videos are very very helpful, your blog is extremely informative and encouraging. I have almost stopped drawing for practice and I can see how week my lines have become but starting back again. Look forward to more videos and articles on your blog. Thanks a lot!


cavan Dastvan said...

i have watched 20+ of your videos you have greatly improved my drawing skill! i am so glad i found your site! i am now reinspired to draw. i cant stop drawing now. everything i look at i imagine what it would look like and how to draw it! thank you so much!

XIA said...

Cavan Dastvan> Wow! thanks brother! It's a good thing that you can't stop drawing! Now it will keep you busy for life whenever you get bore you remember to draw...and sketch everything around you or from your imagination. You are very welcome, stop by some more and feel free to leave more feedback! :)

Grenader said...

I like to see how easy you start sketching, without pressure, and keep changing, fixing and refineing whole pice without discomfort. Your work is amazing. Thank's XIA for this valuable resource. You inspiring many artists including me :)))

XIA said...

Greander> Thanks, when you do a lot of them all the time...it becomes your second nature. Though there will always be new problem arise for you to solve...lighting is usually the big one for everything. Im still struggling, because if I'm not, that means I didn't push it far enough to get it out of my comfort zone...
"always challenge yourself to grow" That's another tip. :)

Raphael said...

thanks a lot man, i'm learning a lot with your videos, tutorials and tips, keep going man :}

XIA said...

Raphael> Thx man! I will try to find more info and useful tips if I can find more. :)

Densscessario said...

This is exactly what I need, great thanks!

XIA said...

Densscessario> You are welcome. Good luck! :)

Sharon said...

Thanks for the great advice Xia! :) Now I have to go draw!

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